In November of 2017, Grateful Dead incarnation Dead & Company stopped into the TD Garden in Boston as part of their fall tour. After tearing the building down with a rolicking Sunday version of the biblical “Samson & Delilah,” Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzmann, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge slid into a version of the Hunter/Garcia penned Grateful Dead classic “Dire Wolf”-- from the psychedelic pioneers' 1970 album Workingman’s Dead--with guitarist John Mayer handling lead vocals.
Dead & Co’s version of “Dire Wolf” in Boston not only featured Mayer on the mic but also on some appropriately twangy guitar to emulate Jerry Garcia’s pedal steel on the studio version. As Jambase pointed out, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti also added some honky tonk piano on the country-tinged murder ballad. You can watch John Mayer sing “Dire Wolf” with Dead & Company in the video above.
As SiriusXM’s "Tales From the Golden Road" co-host Gary Lambert points out, “Dire Wolf” is an interesting marriage of some sinister imagery with a somewhat sunny Jerry Garcia melody. In his notes on Dead & Co’s 2017 Boston version Lambert muses, “Is ‘Dire Wolf’ the most cheerful murder ballad ever? Quite possibly!”
Dead & Company are touring once again in the summer of 2019, including their annual two-night tour closer at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. See below to purchase tickets on AXS.
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